Fitscript, Founder and CEO, Charles O’Connell | #27

In the fall of 2013, Charlie O’Connell opened the Fitscript GLUCOSEZONE Center, a unique facility dedicated to diabetes, exercise, and developing multi-media content related to exercise, diabetes metrics, and integrated data from bio-metric devices.
Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at Yale New Haven Hospital in the fall of 1996, Charlie is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (’02) where he was a two-sport varsity athlete (Football and Track and Field), as well as high school All-American in Track and Field. Before founding Fitscript, Charlie worked in Business development for a successful software startup in the Homeland Security Industry. Charlie is a father, husband, golfer, skier, runner, speaker and entrepreneur. Episode #27 of the oGoLead Leadership Podcast with David Novak and special guest, Charles O’Connell.

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Charles became very ill during his senior year of high school. After losing 55 pounds, he had to be admitted to the hospital. He was diagnosed with diabetes, and had a very difficult time with the news.
Charles was defiant about his illness and didn’t want to be held back because of it. He learned to manage his diabetes, and ended up playing on University of Pennsylvania’s basketball team. He persevered and went as far as to qualify for the Olympic trials.
(5:30-8:12)

What obstacles have you faced in trying to reach your goals?
Think about a time you persevered. Did it pay off?

After 6 years with E Team, Charles began to feel both physically and emotionally burnt-out. Charles had just returned from the Hurricane Katrina disaster when his boss sat him down and explained that he was letting him go. Because Charles was so invested in his work, he wouldn’t have resigned on his own. Charles’ boss realized that and released him from the company.
Though it was difficult at the time, being fired turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to him—only after that did he realize that his calling was to help those suffering with diabetes.
(13:46-15:59)

Have you ever experienced physical or emotional burn-out?
How do you think leaders should handle burn-out?

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